February 29th – Skiing, Snowboarding, Town, Swimming & Music Video!
Sunday 28th February First Day on the Slopes and Lots of Smiles!
Wow what a day for many of our campers! With schools this week from Ethiopia, Kuwait & Dubai it was not a surprise that for most of our level one skiers and snowboarders it was their first time ever seeing snow. We have been quizzing the campers this afternoon on what they now think of snow… most of them said it is nothing like they imagined and that they have had lots of fun making snowballs and rolling around on the slopes.
Of course, the aim of day one was to avoid the rolling and move towards stopping and turning and we were so impressed to see some of our campers turning steadily on their first day! For our other campers it was a great chance for them to refresh their skills and orientate themselves with the local mountains ready for a week packed with learning new techniques and exploring new terrain.
After skiing and snowboarding we all enjoyed hot chocolate together before showering ready for afternoon activities. This afternoon we had shopping, swimming and relaxing at camp for those still feeling a little jet lagged.
This evening after dinner the students had an evening of ice skating, again something new for some of our campers. The atmosphere here on camp is lovely, all of the schools mixing together nicely and making new friends from new places around the world.
Saturday 27th February Arrival Day with Verbier Hunt, Sledging & Ski Fitting
For our individuals who are staying an extra week it was a special day today with a morning of snowshoeing to take in the views of Verbier and the surrounding mountains and to try a sport which is new for most of our campers. On the way back some of them even chose to sledge back down which was lots of fun.
Meanwhile, at the camp, our first school and individuals were arriving ready for a welcome speech, lunch and then ski fitting. It is always an exciting time when students receive their skis and boots for the coming week and find out who will be their instructor while they are here. After ski fitting our first arrivals competed in a Verbier Treasure Hunt to familiarise themselves with the village while our other schools began arriving throughout the afternoon.
After the Verbier Hunt we played some games of Dobble, Jungle Speed and Splat and spent some time with all of the groups learning each others’ names. After some ice breaking games a group of the students chose to sledge while others showered, unpacked, visited the village and played in the snow at the campus.
Dinner was fantastic, Chicken and potato wedges, a hearty meal after a long journey for most. After dinner there was the option to watch a movie but, tired after all their travelling, almost all of the campers chose to have an early night so that they can really make the most of their first day skiing tomorrow.
Sunny, Hot and Perfect for a Final Day on the Slopes 26th February
Well, what a strange week it has been. One minute it is snowing, windy and zero visibility, the next it feels like summer has hit. What a fantastic end of the week for our departing students though! We had great conditions for the ski race and to have final group photos with breath-taking scenery in the background. Our beginners have come so far this week and we are so proud that their skiing and snowboarding is good enough to compete in the race alongside our other groups. For the advanced group it has been a special week too, full of tricks, jumps and even itinerary runs.
Once the group returned from the slopes this evening it was time for most of them to pack their suitcases and buy their final souvenirs and gifts for loved ones. After dinner we had a lovely prize giving with speeches from both instructors and students about how fantastic their week has been.
It will be really sad to say goodbye to these groups after a lovely week together and we look for ward to seeing them again next year.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion and Lots of Music Challenges Wednesday 24th February
TUESDAY 23TH – AMAZING DAY ON THE SLOPES & CLUBS NIGHT
Another great day at Les Elfes this morning.
The campers surprised their instructors with their improvement on the slopes although the weather conditions today were not the best.
Once back from the slopes, the students signed up for the afternoon and evening activities. Many children decided to spend the afternoon visiting Verbier town and enjoying some hot chocolate while watching the sunset. On the other side, some students preferred to stay on campus and play games or just chill after a long day skiing and snowboarding.
The activity for the evening was Les Elfes Clubs that included many different activities and the students had the possibility to choose one of them.
For Arts and Crafts,they tie dye t-shirts with many different colors and created their own style.
The children explore their creativity, creating a story and making many pictures of objects on movement for the Photo club. In the cooking club, they prepared chocolate chips and banana muffins and shared it with all the other groups.
MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY – SKIING, SNOWBOARDING & MUSIC VIDEO
Today our campers woke up early in the morning and were very excited to spend another great day on the slopes.
After having lunch on the mountain, they had time to relax and take a break before going back to their ski and snowboard lessons.
As soon as the campers came back from the mountain, they signed up for the activities we offer for the afternoon and then they enjoyed some snacks and hot chocolate, good for them after so many hours on the snow. Some of the children decided to stay on campus, play games at Les Elfes and some others wanted to go to Verbier town and visit the shops. On the other hand most of our individuals students spent their afternoon expanding their knowledge learning a new language such us German, French and English.
The activity for this afternoon was Music Video, so after dinner, all the students went to the cinema room and watched an example of music video to have an idea how to preform it. We had six groups of eight children each one and with help of a monitor they choreographed one part of the selected song, in this case was Rather be. All the groups were very creative and many of them impressed their monitors.
At the end of the activity the monitors set up a disco, so the children could dance for some minutes before going to bed.
Sunday 21st February – Skiing, Snowboarding, Languages & Ice Skating
Arrivals Day Saturday 20th Feb. A new week, a new adventure!
It was emotional this morning as we bid farewell to many schools and individuals who have made the camp such a brilliant place to be over the past week. We know that we will see many of them again next year and until them with them the best and safe travels. For photos from the past week please download the Les Elfes App and check out our facebook page Les Elfes International and we hope to see you next winter!
Meanwhile, our existing campers had a choice today between skiing or relaxing with their friends. Most chose to ski ,which was really great to see and the progress they continue to make in their lessons is fab. Throughout the day we had new arrivals, two schools and many individuals to add to the mix.
Our new campers seem full of character and have already begun to mix with one-another and to learn a little about each-others’ cultures which is a really special aspect of the camp here. We have a big mix of abilities and skiers and snowboarders ready for the slopes tomorrow so it will be an exciting day and we hope that the weather treats us well!
Great but emotional end of week!!!
Today has been a very long day for a vast majority of our campers! After a long snowy day skiing, most of our campers had to pack before they sadly leave our camp tomorrow!
The highlight of the week would be the smiles on every campers face and also the joy of the instructors at the end of each day! The ski instructors had the most amazing week with every single person that spent the last week or two here! And the same for us animation team that do activities with the campers after their day skiing! Genuinely a fantastic week!
On the slopes today, the campers had some intense but fun ski or snowboard races! The determination that every person put into this race was great to see and the results were handed out tonight and I can tell you that every group was very close to one another!
After skiing the campers had the chance to go shopping in Verbier for one last time before the big day of travelling tomorrow! Tonight we all had a nice time doing a prize giving and going through the best moments of the week looking at a lovely slideshow of skiing, snowboarding and activities! But the highlight of the night was when we all watched the music video that we did earlier this week! I was a very funny one this week and definitely one of the best ones we have done so far this season!
We are all very thankful for the wonderful campers we had this week and we are all sad to see most of them leave!! But we are looking forward to the next week as we get ready to welcome new schools and individuals!
Thursday 18th – Skiing, race day, BBQ, town, prize giving & disco!
17th February – Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion Day, Ice Skating and Music Quiz
16TH FERBRUARY – PERFECT DAY ON THE SLOPES, CLUBS NIGHT, TORCHLIGHT WALK & ESCAPE ROOM
Another perfect bluebird day in Verbier. Clear sunny skies and great powder set the perfect conditions for the campers on the slopes today.
One of the groups started their epic ski touring adventure today, catching the first lift at 8:30 at Medran, trekking up the mountain. After a tough and rewarding hike, the campers finally reached the beautiful and historic Cabane Mt. Fort, where they will be spending the night. The students were lucky enough to talk to the guest speaker, the legendary Swiss Freeride Snowboarder – Emillien Badoux – who shared with them his many triumphs and snowboarding adventures.
The other campers, after returning from another great day of skiing, wined down with a warm cup of a hot chocolate and snacks. They then were spoilt with the choice of either hanging out in campus, shopping and sightseeing around Verbier town, swimming and relaxing in the hot tub, or sledging in the slopes nearby.
Tonight at Les Efles was club night, where our animation team set up many different activities for the campers. At cooking club, the little chefs made delicious apricot and white chocolate flapjacks, learning about kitchen safety and hygiene along the way. Others explored their engineering abilities at Design and Build, where they designed, produced, and tested homemade airplanes. Others got a bit more artistic at arts and crafts, where they made and decorated beautiful ninja squishy balls!!!! At the photography club, the campers wrote their own story lines and produced and filmed their own stop-motion videos.
The individual students also had an amazing evening. One group went on a scenic torchlight walk halfway up the mountain, where they were greeted with stunning views of the shining lights of the Verbier Valley. Another choice was to visit the Escape Rooms, a new live entertainment facility, where the campers had to figure out puzzles and work as a team to “escape” the trapped room in less than an hour.
15th February – Skiing, Snowboarding, Music Video
14th February – Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating & Music Quiz
Today started once again with the students impressing our instructors with some excellent effort on the slopes. Although the conditions in the morning weren’t ideal, with thick fog making visibility poor, the skiers and snowboarders powered through and eventually caught some lovely sun later in the afternoon.
After rewinding with some snacks and scrumptious hot chocolate, students chose to spend their afternoon either exploring Verbier Village, swimming in the nearby sports center, or venturing outside for some snow activities. The heavy snowfall in the last few days provided the perfect snowy playground for the campers to either race each others in sledges, or to take part in a massive snow ball fight!!
After dinner, some of the campers had a blast at the ice-rink, either practicing their figure skating skills or playing a ice-hockey match. The students that stayed at campus had an equally exciting evening, where they got to show off their singing, dancing and music knowledge at the famous Les Elfes Music Quiz. A huge party ensued after our Latino campers shared their funky dance moves and music with the rest of the group.
Saturday 13th – Arrival & Departure day, skiing, bowling & town
12TH FEBRUARY – SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, EXCURSION DAY TO LAUSSANNE & PRIZE GIVING
The campers had an action packed day today at Les Elfes. For some students the day started on the slopes, with some super skiing. Though not that sunny, it was snowing the whole night before so the students got to enjoy perfect powder conditions.
For many of the others who opted for excursions, they had an amazing time exploring the nearby city of Lausanne. Firstly, they brushed up on their sports knowledge and visited the world-famous Olympic Museum. This was extremely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the campers as special representatives from the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony were there to great them and give them a private samba dance lesson!!!!!
Following this, probably the highlight of the day for many of the campers was the mouthwatering visit to a Swiss Chocolate factory. Not only did they learn all about the sourcing and production and history of the scrumptious treat, but were able to taste the different varieties of chocolate, and even bring some home to share with their family and friends!
The excursion ended with cultural sightseeing around the city of Lausanne. The campers loved the beautiful scenery and had the chance to do some last minute shopping.
With this amazing week coming to an end, it was extremely sad for the campers and staff at here at Les Elfes. To recognize their fantastic achievements and progress this week, there was a prize-giving ceremony after dinner. Most of the kids won medals and prizes, not only for their excellent performances at the ski-races the day before, but also for winning the Tidy Dorm Prize, as well as Star Camper accolade, awarded by the animation staff.
The day was rounded off with the showing of the “Happy” music video, which the campers put a lot of hard work into.
The End Of The Week Is Approaching!!
Wednesday 10th February Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion, Guest Speaker, Music Quiz & Chalet Night
After a week of snow the pistes are in great condition here in Verbier and today the groups had the chance to enjoy a day with good visibility and even some sunshine! The progress our beginners have made this week is staggering. Skiing in challenging conditions has meant that now the weather is nice skiing and snowboarding for them is a walk in the park! Today was also a great opportunity for our more experienced skiers to enjoy the wider ski area of the 4 Vallées and to try out their new skills on a variety of different terrain.
For our individuals they had the choice today to have a rest and to visit the Natural History Museum in Geneva and to do a little sightseeing and shopping in the cosmopolitan lake-side city. Tomorrow will be race day and BBQ on the mountain where all of our skiers can see who can top the leaderboard in a slalom challenge.
This evening we had a vast range of FreeTime activities for the campers. Some shopped, some continued their igloo-building project, the was some sledging, swimming, snowman building and one group even decided to challenge themselves in the Escape Rooms. After dinner we had four different activities running! Our individuals chose to have pizza night in the chalets, one of our groups had a baking competition, most of the schools had a music challenge and one of our schools was treated to a lecture on sustainable tourism by a world-renowned International Environmental Lawyer.
9TH FEBRUARY – SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, SLEDGING, CLUBS NIGHT & MUSIC QUIZ
Today was a great day on the mountain, the weather conditions were amazing for skiing and snowboarding and our campers enjoyed their time on the slopes. Our campers are doing a big progress every day and we have only good feedback from our instructors!
Once back from skiing and snowboarding, all the groups had hot chocolate and snacks at Les Elfes and they had to sign up for the afternoon and evening activities. Many students decided to have a relaxing evening and stayed at the campus, due to the weather conditions suddenly changing, in contrast of the morning, we had a snowy afternoon. Other students decided to take advantage of the fresh snow and went sledging and some girls make snowmen behind Les Elfes building.
After dinner, three schools had Clubs Night. We gave the chance to the students to choose one of the different activities we had for the Clubs Night. Many kids enjoy the evening dancing, other signed up for pancakes club, some of the campers wanted to go for a walk at night holding the torches and having fun on the fresh snow and some others built airplanes with cardboard and made them flight from the balconies.
The other schools and individuals enjoyed their evening doing the Music Quiz and having fun with their monitors.